We move toward the end of another fiscal year, thankful for this season of celebration to recognize students and others who contribute to our collective life at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS). We are particularly grateful for the opportunity to have shared our journey this year with so many of you in support of our mission and vision. Thank you for your gifts, presence, and prayers.
This time in the life of the School also provides us another opportunity to reflect upon this year’s theme - For Such A Time As Now. Informed by Jeremiah 29.11, this theme, along with our mission, has shaped how we approach our work and helped us to recognize that our “now” moments have been met with the gift of sustained strength. As we continue to respond to COVID-19 infection rates in Monroe County, faculty and students completed their fifth semester of hybrid and remote synchronous learning. In the midst of a pandemic, we are navigating technology together, adapting to multiple program delivery modalities, and discerning together the ways in which God invites us always to be nimble and agile. To that end, we are pleased to offer a certificate in Foundational Theological Studies. This work to which we are called is not easy but for such a time as now we give thanks for the privilege to form students in theological and multi-religious studies to serve, care, and advocate for all peoples and the earth.
You may remember that the Board approved a $300 per month tuition subscription model last May. We are pleased that a majority of our students chose to participate in the plan this year. It is our hope that they and future students will benefit from a more financially affordable option to fund their seminary studies. Thank you for your gifts which makes this possible.
If you were unable to attend the launch of our Gender, Sexual, and Racial Justice inaugural two-day virtual conference, please go to www.crcds.edu/gsrj to view at your leisure. We look forward to your feedback.
This year, we welcomed Rev. Jaqueline J. Nelson, Director for Student Support Services and Coordinator of Spiritual Care; Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program; Ms. Lydia Crim, Executive Administrator to the President and Office Manager; and Ms. Shatavia Wynn, Visiting Instructor of Ethics and Society. Her presence among us was made possible by a partnership with Vanderbilt University School of Divinity’s Program in Theology and Practice.
We reflect often upon the significance CRCDS holds in the narratives of many persons whose lives reflect the rich diversity of vocations and ministry contexts that is the kin-dom of God. As we aspire to become a seminary of and for the community, we realize that a commitment to practices of peace, service and justice requires us to be attentive to the ways in which we engage with each other and all of creation. There are moments when we get it right and times when we are appreciative recipients of grace. As we continue to reflect upon the relationship between space, place, and location to mission, we celebrate that “now” moments for CRCDS students are not defined as final destinations, but as stops along their journey of living into their potential and purpose.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School exists because of you! Your financial gifts fund student learning, professor and staff professional development, technological enhancements, and so much more! Thank you! Will you accept this invitation to make a year-end contribution to the Annual Fund by June 30, 2022? Click HERE to make a gift online today.
For such a time as now, may God’s peace be with you.
In peace, service and justice,
Rev. Angela D. Sims, Ph.D.